Dragon*Con has, sadly, long since come and gone. It was wonderful, though, as usual. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s Con experience for me.
“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.“
– The Sorting Hat
We started off Sunday as Ravenclaws. I made both of our ties and our skirts. My brother carved my wand.
“On the mike is the queen
so listen to me sing
he wanna number 5
super size onion ring.“
– Bon Qui Qui
Saturday morning we woke up a little later than planned. After quick showers (I said, “I’m not sure if I want to wash my hair. It’s gross, but I’m just going to shove it into a rib cage later.”), we checked out the crowd from our hotel (we stayed on the 50th floor of the Westin – oooh fancy). We noticed a parking deck across from the Hard Rock & decided to watch the parade from there instead of battling the crowds at street level. At 9:45 a.m., we rolled out and were on the 5th floor of the parking deck with room to stretch out before the parade started at 10 a.m.
Last weekend (Labor Day weekend) was, as it is every year, my favourite weekend of the year. The best 4-day costumed nerd party there has ever been – Dragon*Con! For those who don’t know, Dragon*Con is multigenre – sci fi, pop culture, science, literature, music, costuming, etc. – convention that takes place in Downtown Atlanta every Labor Day Weekend. I can’t find an exact number for 2011, but there were ~40,000 attendees in 2010, and I know the number increased this year. Basically, giant nerd party.
The two weeks before Dragon*Con were pretty much completely devoted to sewing my costumes, thus my absence from the blog world. This year, I only made two new costumes – Lorena & Bon Qui Qui (you can see reference pictures and videos in this blog post). Last year, I was a bit more ambitious and made 4. I re-used two of those this year, but perhaps I’ll post a Dragon*Con 2010 flashback later on.